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Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier


B.S.: University of Missouri 1971; Ph.D.: Iowa State University Senior Staff Chemist, Exxon, 1978-1984


Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry; Director of Center for Catalysis and Surface Science

Research Statement

Inorganic solid-state chemistry has always had widespread use in energy-related applications across diverse fields such as heterogeneous catalysis and solar energy research. Our research, which ranges from the growth of single crystals to the synthesis of new transparent conductors, emphasizes the connections between the synthesis and structure of new materials, the physical properties of new materials, and the technological advances that result from these discoveries.

Selected Publications

"Incomplete Peierls-like chain dimerization as a mechanism for intrinsic conductivity and optical transparency: A La-Cu-O-S phase with mixed-anion layers as a case study”, J. Im; G. Trimarchi,; K.R. Poeppelmeier; A. Zunger; Phys. Rev. B., (92), 235139, (2015).

"Reversible Magnesium Intercalation into a Layered Oxyfluoride Cathode", J.T. Incorvati; L.F. Wan; B. Key; D. Zhou; C. Liao; L. Fuoco; M. Holland; H. Wang; D. Prendergast; K.R. Poeppelmeier; J.T. Vaughey; Chem. Mater., 28(1), 17-20, (2016).

"Correlated oxides Metals amassing transparency", K.R. Poeppelmeier; J.M. Rondinelli; Nature Mater., 15(2), 132-134, (2016).

"Tuning of Photoluminescence by Cation Nanosegregation in the (CaMg)x(NaSc)1-xSi2O6 Solid Solution", Z. Xia; G. Liu; J. Wen; Z. Mei; M. Balasubramanian; M.S. Molokeev; L. Peng; L. Gu; D.J. Miller; Q. Liu; K.R. PoeppelmeierAm. Chem. Soc., 138(4), 1158-1161, (2016).

“Optical activity from racemates”, R. Gautier; J.M. Klingsporn; R.P. Van Duyne; K.R. PoeppelmeierNat. Mat., 15, 591-592, (2016).

“Deep Ultraviolent Non-linear Optical Materials”, T.T. Tran; H. Yu; J.M. Rondinelli; K.R. Poeppelmeier; P.S. Halasyamani; Chem. Mater., 28(15), 5238-5258, (2016).

“Reconstructive Transitions from Rotations of Rigid Heteroanionic Polyhedra", M. Holland; N. Charles; J.M. Rondinelli; K.R. Poeppelmeier; Am. Chem. Soc., 138(36), 11882-11889, (2016).

“Building a fast lane for Mg diffusion in α-MoO3 by fluorine doping”, L. Wan; J. Incorvarti; K.R. Poeppelmeier; D. Prendergast; Chem. Mater., 28(19), 6900-6908, (2016).

“Chemistry-Inspired Adaptable Framework Structures”, Z. Xia; K.R. PoeppelmeierChem. Res., 50(5), 1222-1230, (2017).

“Finding the Next Deep-Ultraviolet Non-linear Optical Material: NH4B4O6F”, G. Shi; Y. Wang; F. Zhang; B. Zhang; Z. Yang; X. Hou; S. Pan; K.R. PoeppelmeierAm. Chem. Soc., 139(31), 10645-10648, (2017).

Selected Honors/Awards

  • National Science Council of Taiwan Lecturer (1991)
  • Dow Professor of Chemistry (1992-1994)
  • AAAS Fellow, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993)
  • JSPS Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1997)
  • Natural Science Foundation of China Lecturer (1999)
  • National Science Foundation Creativity Extension Award (2000-2002)
  • Institut Universitaire de France Professor (2003)
  • Chemistry Week in China Lecturer (2004)
  • Lecturer in Solid State Chemistry, China (2005)
  • Visitantes Distinguidos, Universid Complutenses Madrid (2008)
  • Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry (2010)
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • 20 years of Service and Dedication to Inorganic Chemistry (2013)
  • Elected foreign member of Spanish National Academy: Real Academia de Ciencia, Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales (2016)
  • Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (RSEQ) (2017)
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